Yesterday I did an online upgrade from 13.2, everything looked more or less okay save for a few little things. Then I added “All of Packman” and other repos and did “zypper dup” again. There was more than a hundred packages to install and all vendor changes went to Packman. Then, a few hours later, after a reboot and watching videos for a couple of hours (with Smplayer, if it matters), plasma started crashing and restarting every few seconds.
Here’s a paste of one of these plasmashell crashes.
Plasma had become so unusable that I had to install xfce and then lxqt for good measure. They work without problems. I love me some xfce but mostly as a fall back option, and after Plasma5 I can’t look at anything else.
Another issue is crashing kdialog which I can reproduce from xfce, too. Even when Dolphin asks for confirmations it causes a crash and it’s reported as “knotify4”. Here’s a paste of one of those.
Personally, I suspect a sound problem, it’s one of those areas where Packman packages can interfere with what is needed by Plasma, right? I’ve read horror stories about phonon and gstreamer here but it could be something else, too. Perhaps it’s the old Kde4 settings interfering, perhaps it’s one of sound control programs I used in 13.2 to redirect output from hdmi to internal sound card or make them output simultaneously, those programs were pulse audio related, can’t remember their exact names now.
If I create a new user, will some remains of KDE4 make their way into his settings? Can I delete all traces of KDE4 safely?